Dutch Health Ministry Expands Warning on Implants

Posted March 16th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Dutch health officials have expanded a warning to women to consider removing breast implants made by defunct French firm Poly Implant Prosthese.

The Netherlands Health Inspectorate said in a statement Thursday, women who had PIP's implants before 2001 should be checked by their doctors because of the risk of leaks.

Initially health officials warned women who got implants after 2001 risk ruptures.

PIP closed its doors in 2010 after admitting that its implants were made with an substandard grade silicone gel that increased the risk of leakage.

Hundreds of thousands of the implants were sold across Europe before the company stopped selling them.

Earlier this month, PIP's former owner Jean-Claude Mas was placed in jail after missing a bail payment.